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Tourist victimization: an exploratory survey from Ghana

ByK WA K U BOAKYE

Perhaps, apart from natural disasters, human-induced insecurity remains the single most potent threat to a viable tourism trade. This manifests itself in the form of crimes against tourists. These impact on individuals (in terms of bodily harm or loss of property or trauma) and destinations, which tend to suffer (sometimes) irreparable damage to their image with undesirable outcomes on their patronage (Breda and Costa 2006; Prideaux 1996; Tarlow 2006). Consequently, the fact that image is an important ingredient in tourism development has been very well documented, and destinations would go to any length to present themselves as a safe and enjoyable paradise.